March 30, 2021

QTrobot 400x275 childLuxAI has announced the launch of its QTrobot for Home, a social robot playmate that helps children with autism to learn and practice new social, emotional, and cognitive skills. After several years of offering QTrobot to schools and research institutes, LuxAI said it can support parents by offering the robot to families.

Due to the pandemic, parents of children with special needs are having to take on more of the responsibility for their child’s education than ever before, the company said. The QTrobot is designed with children in mind – it smiles engagingly, speaks softly, and creates an accessible and effective play-based setup for special needs education at home.

“We are launching the parent version of QTrobot after a highly successful pilot with our beta testers,” said Pouyan Ziafati, CEO of LuxAI. “We are delighted to see we can help parents to continue their children’s education during the Covid-19 closure of schools. Following our successful work in research and education, we have gone to great lengths to minimize costs and make this advanced robot as affordable as possible.”

QTrobot is now available for parents on this LuxAI website for a cost of $1,977 for the robot device, and $149 per month for ongoing support. The company is offering the same robot platform and content as the professional version, which is valued at around $10,000.

The robot engages children with meaningful play-based activities, based on evidence-based practices such as Applied Behavior Analysis, the company said. The expressive robot comes with an array of learning programs that cover a range of skills related to emotional and social well-being, as well as language and cognitive development. Scientific and empirical studies show that QTrobot brings added value to special needs education by improving attention and motivation and reducing anxiety and distraction.

“QTrobot is non-judgmental and offers a predictable environment for children to practice and gain confidence with social and communication skills before applying them in real-world interactions,” said Aida Nazari, head of human-AI interaction at LuxAI. “What makes QTrobot unique is that it is a child-friendly technology that also fully involves the parent in the sessions. The robot creates a triangular interaction with the parents and their child and encourages the children to practice the skills with their parents. This opens the first door toward building skills that can be generalized to real-world interactions.”

LuxAI includes a full ecosystem to assist parents with participating in their child’s education, with a package for home that includes:

  • Online support portal with video lessons for parents to assist their child’s education through activities with and without QTrobot. It includes manuals with extracurricular activities to help generalize the learned skills.
  • Analytics dashboard to help parents monitor their child’s progress on educational milestones, navigate the educational curriculums, and create an individualized learning plan aligned with their child’s educational needs.
  • Monthly support meetings to help parents assess their child’s progress and set upcoming goals.

Jay and Catherine (last names withheld) has been using QTrobot for more than a year for their six-year-old son. “When we first decided to get an educational robot, we were unsure what to expect, but now we are thrilled we decided to get QT. We are able to help our son all year round. Our son has acquired new knowledge and developed new skills. It was QTrobot who showed him how to wave hi, which we could not get him to do before then. We feel very fortunate and grateful to have an educational robot in our home. Without QT, we really wouldn’t have much help from anywhere else during the pandemic, and we would be without any answers to help our son. QTrobot is simply a miracle for autistic children and their parents.”

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